5 Ways to Enjoy Ginza, A Neighborhood of Elegance
You can enjoy the elegant, mature neighborhood Ginza in various ways such as shopping in high-class shops, art appreciation, cuisine, and more. Here are some ways to enjoy this neighborhood.
1. Walking down Ginza Street
Ginza has many attractive spots, but the most Ginza-like spot is the area from the Ginza street intersection (Ginza 1-chome) to Ginza 8-chome, which is called "Ginza Street." Along the street, there are many department stores including the Ginza landmarks Wako and Mitsukoshi, as well as luxury brand shops. It is the best area for shopping. It is also fun to walk down Ginza Street while looking at beautifully decorated show windows. On weekends and public holidays, the street is made for pedestrians-only, and parasols and benches are installed on the street, which can be used for resting after shopping and meeting your friends.
Ginza Street crowded with many people
The display of Italian luxury jewelry brand Bvlgari is ravishingly beautiful. In winter for a limited time, you can enjoy a spectacular illumination with a serpenti ("snake" in Italian) motif.
2. Going to KABUKIZA
KABUKIZA, which was rebuilt in 2013, is a great place to visit. You can not only watch kabuki but also enjoy various things. In the Kobiki-cho Hiroba on B2F, there are shops selling kabuki goods and Japanese-style sundries, and restaurants. The whole floor has a lively atmosphere like festival stalls, so just being there makes you excited. On the 5th floor of the Kabuki-za Tower, a skyscraper built connected to KABUKIZA, is the KABUKIZA Gallery displaying kabuki costumes, props, and sets. You can also wear kabuki costumes and take pictures in the photo gallery on the 5th floor. Why don't you pretend to be a kabuki actor and take a commemorative photo on this opportunity?
3. Going to antenna shops from all over Japan
Prefectural antenna shops selling local specialties of all over Japan are very popular because they make you feel as if you were on a small trip. Ginza area is a place where such antenna shops gather! Many shops sell goods and specialty items as well as offer tourist information and event information. Many of them have eat-in spaces and restaurants, so you can enjoy eating special dishes using local ingredients. There are a lot of antenna shops in Tokyo Transportation Hall which is next to Yurakucho Station, so you can feel like you've traveled to several areas at once. It is good to visit various antenna shops and get information to decide the place of your next trip.
PR Ambassador Katsuo Ningen of the antenna shop Marugoto Kochi of Kochi Prefecture enjoys eating delicious dishes at the restaurant.
4. Experience the art in Shiseido Gallery
Shiseido Gallery opened in 1919 and is said to be the oldest gallery in Japan. Despite some interruption on the way, it has been continuing its non-profit activity with "discovering and creating new beauty" being its philosophy. Painters such as Umehara Ryuzaburo and Yasui Sotaro, who had great influence on later Japanese art, often exhibited their works in the Shiseido Gallery. Currently it introduces Japanese artists living in foreign countries by featuring mainly modern art, and supports the activities of new artists by holding exhibitions to the general public.
Open: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (11:00 am - 6:00 pm on Sundays and public holidays)
5. Enjoy a little luxury for lunch in Ginza
Ginza has a number of well-known restaurants including long-established ones which are over 100 years old, Michelin-starred restaurants, and world-class restaurants. Of course, you would like to go to such restaurants, but their prices are so expensive that you might hesitate to visit. Lunch time is a good time to visit such restaurants. Many restaurants have lunch menus, and the prices are less expensive than those of dinner time. The quality and service are just as good those of dinner time. During your trip, you might be too busy sightseeing and shopping to eat a leisurely lunch, but if you go to Ginza, please take your time and have a slightly luxurious lunch time.
A very famous restaurant in Ginza, Sushi Aoki, serves excellent nigirizushi at a reasonable price during lunchtime.
These are some recommended ways of enjoying Ginza. Ginza has many other attractive areas. Please visit Ginza many times and find your favorite spots.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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